Nellie Andreeva

It looks like Treme co-creator David Simon will get his wish to finish the series in four seasons… almost. At a screening for Treme production staff tonight in New Orleans on the eve of the show’s third season premiere on Sunday, Simon announced that the New Orleans drama will conclude its run with an abbreviated fourth season. “We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” Simon said, according to Nola.com. “HBO, upon viewing the 10 (episodes from Season 3) that we gave them and what we’ve done, they want to see the end of the story. They fought very hard to give us half a loaf. We’re going to take it and run.” Reps for HBO confirmed that Simon made the statements, declining further comment.

Simon’s announcement comes amidst speculation that HBO brass had been mulling an end for Treme, which has never been a commercial success. The series created by Simon and Eric Overmyer premiered to 1.1 million viewers, dropping to 605,000 viewers in its second season opener. Despite the low ratings, the series that chronicles the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been a matter of pride for HBO leadership.

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